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My 1st Homebuilt rig, could use some advise

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October 24, 2010 10:56:19 PM

Hello all, I am new to this site, but have been using it as a guideline for years now. I like to play online games (WOW/COD2 ect.) and have been doing so on a Toshiba laptop with a 8700GT. Ive been saving money and researching and have bought all of the components I need to build my 1st Home built system. I was wondering what you guys think, I could use some feedback becasee I just clicked order on newegg and now im starting to second guess myself. lol..

Mother Board: ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
RAM: Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Power supply: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire
Case Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 140mm top fan and 2 120mm side fans
Hard Drive: Corsair Force CSSD-F120GB2-BRKT 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM


I also got the Arctic silver heat compound, a CD/DVD-R drive, a monitor and some other little items just for GP.
Please tell me what you think.
October 24, 2010 11:23:22 PM

Looks pretty good Pin. I would say also look at the new amd 6870 and the overclocked nvidia gtx 460 1gb video cards available. Both should offer slightly better performance for less money. Also i only saw you list a 120GB ssd for hard drive. Is that enough space? Some people use the ssd as boot drive for speed and add a larger traditional hard drive for music/vid/etc. Good luck with the build!

edit: just saw that you already placed your order. Well don't sweat it. The 5850 is very close performance wise to those other two cards i mentioned. If it's possible to change your order its up to you.
October 24, 2010 11:27:16 PM

Looks good except you should have gotten the 955 and bumped up the multiplier yourself saving yourself $20 and picked up a 6870 as it performs better and is slightly cheaper or picked up this 5850 for only $195 :o .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also think that you should have picked up a storage drive like a samsung F3. Also you don't need the thermal compound unless you plan on OC'ing and that would require a aftermarket heatsink as well. A hyper 212+ would be good.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 24, 2010 11:46:28 PM

you need to quickly cancel the RAM on that order that is triple channel RAM meant for a 1366 mobo. you only need dual channel 2x2gb (4gb is plenty for gaming)

as for the CPU the price diff between a 955 and 965 is negligble so no biggy there

but the 5850 is kinda expensive now in relation to the 6870 which outperforms it for cheaper....get the 6870 if you can!
October 24, 2010 11:55:08 PM

The RAM will work but you won't get the benefits of dual channel as they will all run in single channel mode. Cancel it if you can and get a 2x2gb kit.
October 24, 2010 11:59:05 PM

ok well fine yah its gonna work but be a big waste of $ and not be optimized.
October 25, 2010 8:21:33 AM

Thanks alot for the help guys, I was a little bit under budget as is, but I see what you are saying about the ram being an issue now. I will be ordering some new ram later tonight. Thanks again for the posts, you have all helped out alot
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